Sex trafficking survivor Cyntoia Brown has been released from prison after serving 15 years of a life sentence for murder.
Brown was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women on August 7 after being granted clemency in January 2019 by Governor Bill Haslam. She was previously sentenced to life for killing a man who solicited her for sex when she was a teenager.
“I look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation,” she said in a statement.
Brown’s story has made national headlines, catching the attention of A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian and inspired a documentary. Brown earned her GED, her associate’s degree, and her bachelor’s degree while in prison. She also served as a mentor and advocate for women in prison.
Brown will remain under supervised parole until August 7, 2029.